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The Stanley Cup Finals matchup is now set. The Detroit Red Wings will face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first all-American Final since 2003.
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The Wings jumped out to an early lead, with their first goal going in off Kris Draper's chin at 3:45 of the first. Pavel Datsyuk added a power play goal just under eight minutes later and Dallas Drake extended the lead at 16:17. Henrik Zetterberg finished off Detroit's scoring for the night with a shorthanded breakaway goal at 3:11 of the second period. Dallas broke Chris Osgood's shutout with a Stephane Robidas tally at 2:27 of the third period.
It was not a flawless game by the Wings. They took eight penalties and handed the Stars seven power plays. They also allowed 16 shots in the third while managing just seven. There was little to complain about, however. as their penalty killing was nearly impeccable. When the Stars turned it up a notch in the third, Chris Osgood and the defense were there to prevent a comeback. An all-around strong effort and really one of their best of the post-season.
Two of the League's most talented teams will now meet for the first time this season to compete for the Stanley Cup. With stars like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Marian Hossa going up against Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, and Nick Lidstrom, we should be heading for the most exciting and competitive, not to mention stressful, Finals series in years. Evidently, Detroit is the odds-on favorite.
It all kicks off on Saturday with Game 1 in Detroit at 8:00 PM ET on Versus and Hockey Night in Canada.
The Finals Schedule
Game 1: Saturday, May 24 @ 8:00 PM ET: Pittsburgh at Detroit on Versus, CBC
Game 2: Monday, May 26 @ 8:00 PM ET: Pittsburgh at Detroit on Versus, CBC
Game 3: Wednesday, May 28 @ 8:00 PM ET: Detroit at Pittsburgh on NBC, CBC
Game 4: Saturday, May 31 @ 8:00 PM ET: Detroit at Pittsburgh on NBC, CBC
Game 5*: Monday, June 2 @ 8:00 PM ET: Pittsburgh at Detroit on NBC, CBC
Game 6:* Wednesday, June 4 @ 8:00 PM ET: Detroit at Pittsburgh on NBC, CBC
Game 7*: Saturday, June 7 @ 8:00 PM ET: Pittsburgh at Detroit on NBC, CBC
What Else We're Writing About
- Jes Golbez has the replay of Ilya Kovachuk's World Championship-winning goal
- JP continues his series profiling Washington Capitals with this post on Quintin Lang
- James Mirtle has an excellent post on the Continental Hockey League (KHL), formerly known as the Russian Super League.
- Kevin Schultz asks "Red Wings vs. Penguins: Who Do You Loathe More?"
Gratuitous YouTube Embed
Here's a clip of Henrik Zetterberg's shortie last night. I apologize for the poor quality.
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